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Standing in Solidarity with Our Pacific Islander, Asian, and Asian American Community Members

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have witnessed the surge of racism, xenophobia, and discrimination targeting Pacific Islander, Asian, and Asian American communities. We write today to share our grief for the murder of eight people Tuesday evening in Atlanta and to denounce the appalling violence inflicted on the Asian community.

We know that for many of us this tragic news hits close to home and may provoke sadness, anger, and also anxiety. We express our heartfelt condolences to all who have been affected by these acts of hate. If needed, we encourage you to seek support to assist with coping and facilitating healing during these troubling times.

UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to assist students and UCLA Human Resources Employee Counseling is available for faculty and staff. Also, if you believe you have experienced an incident of discrimination or harassment, please report it to the UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (UCLA EDI), the FSPH Office of Student Affairs, or the FSPH Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Additional resources include the UCLA EDI’s Resources on Asian-American Discrimination, Stop AAPI Hate, and Resources for Allyship and Fighting Anti-Asian Discrimination.

We must continue to call out the root causes of hate and violence, and we must remain committed to upholding our values of creating an anti-racist, anti-xenophobic, diverse, equitable, and just FSPH community.

In solidarity,

Ron Brookmeyer
Dean and Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Sudipto Banerjee
Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics

Karin Michels
Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology

Jack Needleman
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management

Michael Prelip
Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences

Shane Que-Hee
Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Carla Denly
Associate Dean for Communications and Marketing

Alina Dorian
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Janae Hubbard
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager

Kathleen Kiser
Associate Dean for Administration

Cathy Lang
Director for Research Administration

Jennifer Powers
Interim Executive Director, Development and Alumni Affairs

Kyle McJunkin
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs

Elizabeth Yzquierdo
Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Zuo-Feng Zhang
Associate Dean for Research

Yifang Zhu
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs